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Mindset Matters: Looking Beyond The Pandemic Where Universal Design And The Business Of Empathy Will Shape The Culture Of Work

Professor Bess Williamson in her book Accessible America: A History Of Disability and Design wrote that “Design is a hopeful practice, one that looks to improve the current state of things and ...
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Breaking deaf stereotypes and normalizing sign language through gaming

The deaf experience is modeled in its own language for the first time in Deafverse ...
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Zoom fatigue is something the deaf community knows very well

As work and life events go remote, people are increasingly sharing the feeling of “Zoom fatigue.” Little do they know they’re experiencing a sliver of what the deaf and hard of hearing ...
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Screenshot of a Zoom meeting with six individuals using sign language

Accessibility Tips for a Better Zoom/Virtual Meeting Experience

These tips are focused on the needs of deaf and hard of hearing participants in virtual workplace meetings ...
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How to Make Your Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that disabled people are actually much less likely to use the internet, which may be in part because inaccessibility remains a serious barrier. So, let’s ...
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Man communicating through sign language with a vector background of computers behind him

Breaking deaf stereotypes and normalizing sign language through gaming

The deaf experience is modeled in its own language for the first time in Deafverse ...
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Mike, holding his white cane in his right hand, and waving to his neighbor who is wearing a mask with his left hand.

Pandemic Underscores Difficulties Accessing Transportation for People with Disabilities

Everyone still needs to access essentials, whether it is groceries or medical care. Some people with disabilities have an especially hard time figuring out how to do so safely ...
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What pandemics can teach us about universal design

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how humans use digital products. As usage numbers increase, we must think of everyone when designing ...
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Rossana Reis, right, and her partner Felix Gonzalez, both deaf and blind, communicate by touch, which makes social distancing a problem during the coronavirus pandemic.

They are deaf and blind, and social distancing has now taken their ability to touch

For many in the DeafBlind community, social distancing has created unique worries and exceptional challenges ...
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Individual walking on a tactile stip near a train with a white cane

Coronavirus: Being blind during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused daily difficulties for everyone. But what if you are visually impaired? Blind journalist Kate Pounds explores the particular challenges the virus has thrown up ...
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Erin Partridge doing art

Social robots as social catalysts: Collaborating with older adults as design research partners

Worldwide, the number of people over the age of 60 is rising faster than any other age group — from 962 million in 2017 to an expected 2.1 billion in 2050, and ...
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Apple has introduced disability-themed emojis to be released in Fall 2019

Apple announces ‘disability-themed emojis’ to arrive in the fall

"These new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard," Apple said ...
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Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes

SEVEN YEARS AGO, telecommunications heavyweight Comcast recruited Tom Wlodkowski to make the company's services more accessible to people with disabilities ...
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Using Voice Interfaces to Make Products More Inclusive

Whether you’re creating services, physical products, or software, inclusive design is essential. Inclusive design means making products accessible to, and usable by, as many people as possible. Voice user interfaces ...
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The 3 Mindsets of Great Interaction Designers

How do you identify the makings of a great interaction designer? Is it coding expertise? Mastery of digital tools? A beautiful portfolio of visual design work? ...
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Mobile Usability Made Simple

Mobile usability isn’t just to create a mockup of a website to fit a certain device size, It’s about paying attention to how users use those devices and understand that ...
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How tech is improving lives in the deaf and hard of hearing community

Here's how new devices enhance accessibility and also improve the employment rate for the deaf and hard of hearing community ...
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American Sign Language Alphabet

ASL Day 2019: Everything you need to know about American Sign Language

Today, around one million people use American Sign Language (ASL) as their main way to communicate, according to Communication Service for the Deaf. Used by the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, ...
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Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art created an art therapy programme called Artful.

Designing Museum Programmes for People with Dementia

Cultural institutions such as museums have an important role to play in dementia awareness and education. They can also serve as safe spaces and can run a variety of activities ...
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The Problem With Saying a Person ‘Overcame’ Their Disability

How do you overcome something by simply doing something anyone else would be congratulated for? Can’t disabled people simply be congratulated for what they have done without their impairment being ...
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Carousels such as this one are inclusive of people of all abilities and ages.

Inclusive playground designs go beyond wheelchair swings so everyone can play

Playground designs are moving beyond the wheelchair swing as the push for inclusive play spaces drives new guidelines and community fundraising efforts across Australia ...
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Lisa White

Lisa White: Design Biennale Saint-Étienne

TLmag caught up with Lisa White, the curator of International Design Biennale Saint-Étienne 2019. The festival -Me, Nous, You- explores inclusive design ...
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illustration of three buildings, and a wheelchair sitting in front of steps.

Office of Inclusive Design will provide resources for campus-wide accessibility issues

With the development of the OID, students will have more resources to learn about, provide, and acquire accessibility on campus. In addition, the creation of the OID will allow the ...
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Kat Holmes, director of UX Design at Google.

For Designers, Inclusion Can Be a Source of Innovation

Inclusion: It’s a worthy concept to encourage political participation, improve economic policy, and make life fairer in myriad other ways. But in the field of design, inclusion can be a ...
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Cory Joseph walks in Portland, Oregon

Announcing “Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility

Today I released Access, my short documentary about accessibility. It follows Cory Joseph through a typical day, showing how he uses his smartphone, Braille display, tactile watch, and guide dog (named ...
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Making Museums Accessible to Visually Impaired Visitors

Museums have a duty to cater to people with a wide range of needs and this includes visually impaired people. This is not a small section of society and it ...
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Why empathy is the key to better digital accessibility

Digital accessibility expert Dan Holbrook on why empathy is the most important thing when creating accessible products ...
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Rendering of playground sought to build this playground at Smith Elementary School, as well as one at Hope D. Wall School, in Aurora.

West Aurora schools seek donors to help build ‘inclusive’ playgrounds

“We thought this was a great opportunity to partner with an organization that understood some of the unique design challenges of creating a truly inclusive space where all children can ...
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The way you place orders at these restaurants are now multifaceted

The need to make communication inclusive have made restaurants design booklets to help diners communicate with their speech and hearing-impaired staff ...
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Aaron Cendan, founder of Stickless Customer Controllers and a grad student at Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy talks about his game consoles he designed to assist injured and handicapped video game players,

Disabled video gamers find more options as EA, others expand choices

Aaron Cendan’s new video game controller features a subtle but significant design change ...
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Jose Hernandez-Rebollar demonstrates his AcceleGlove, which claimed to "translate" sign language into written and spoken forms.

Why Sign-Language Gloves Don’t Help Deaf People

Wearable technologies that claim to translate ASL overlook the intricacies of the language, as well as the needs of signers ...
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Temple OT students help better the quality of life for children.

Temple OT students help better the life of children with cerebral palsy

Temple University students are making a profound difference in the quality of life of some young people, and all it is costing is care and commitment ...
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Man in wheelchair using a tape measure to measure the height of a table

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities ...
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Digital and Disability: How Inclusive Design Makes Life Easier

Each of us, regardless of where we’re from, our gender, class or disability must be able to access and make the most of the digital tools around us. They connect ...
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Designing with sight impairment in mind

Today we’re excited to launch a brand new guide designed to promote the inclusive design and management of nature-based settings ...
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Flexible Seating for the Universal Design for Learning

My students need to have more seating options when they walk into my room ...
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A comparison of the colors one sees with normal vision, Deuteranomaly, Protanopia and Tritanopia

Designing UI with Color Blind Users in Mind

While the science behind color blindness is pretty complex, the gist of it is that color blind people have difficulty seeing color clearly or differentiating between some colors. With this ...
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Inclusive Design For Accessible Presentations

When you prepare for your next presentation, use these tips on how to tweak your slides and your talk so that everyone gets the most out of it ...
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Better by Design

Companies can make work far easier for disabled employees, if they want to ...
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Closing The Disability Inclusion Gap At Work

It’s one thing for a team’s leadership to say they want to be more inclusive and another to successfully put that vision into practice. Here are five key pieces of ...
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Building Better Websites (for Everyone)

At InRhythm our focus is on creating solutions that work for everyone, and that includes the disabled, the blind, and anyone else who struggles to use a mouse or read ...
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Kathy Clerkin, 75, who belongs to three hiking clubs, gets ready for a walk this week through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. A retired nurse, Clerkin also works out six days a week at the Southtowns Family YMCA and leads an active social life.

Keeping fit, staying sharp: UB orks to uncover secret of aging gracefully

Kathy Clerkin, works out six mornings a week at the Southtowns Family YMCA. She delivers Meals on Wheels every Monday. She belongs to three hiking clubs. The University at Buffalo ...
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Baristas and CNN's Lilit Marcus chat in ASL

Starbucks opens its first US sign language store in Washington, DC

While this Starbucks looks like every other outlet of the coffee chain, mermaid logo, mugs for sale, baristas in bright green aprons, there's one thing that makes it very special ...
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The No. 1 thing you’re getting wrong about inclusive design

In the new book Mismatch, designer Kat Holmes demystifies the buzzy design process embraced by companies, from Microsoft to Google ...
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In Pursuit of Inclusive AI

We feel compelled to connect, engage, fix problems, challenge our perspectives, and always move forward. Let’s mirror our best intentions and work together for better AI outcomes by design. So ...
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Designing inclusive interactions

The key difference between inclusivity and accessibility, in relation to interaction design, is often overlooked. However, by collaborating with - and for - people with disabilities, to understand how things ...
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Disabled LGBT+ Young People Face a Battle Just to be Taken Seriously

Labeling sexuality as a phase suggests that it is something through which one will pass, emerging on other side as heterosexual. This frames anything other than heterosexuality as being flawed ...
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Co-author Harmony Turnbull with Fiona Bridger, who has cerebral palsy and uses a speech generating device

We can all help to improve communication for people with disabilities

All people need to be able to communicate in order to work, build relationships, and seek the support they need. But they will encounter many barriers to taking part and being included ...
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Geospatial Tech & Universal Design: Creating Access for All

Geospatial Tech & Universal Design: Creating Access for All

A  sample of case studies that demonstrate how geospatial technology and universal design work together to make the world more accessible to everyone ...
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As the School Year Begins, Please Talk to Your Kids About Disabilities

As you sit down to discuss topics like manners, school etiquette and homework policies, please add disability awareness and being open to friendships with children who have disabilities ...
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Kelloggs rice krispie treat

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Now Offers Braille Stickers

Kellogg’s new Rice Krispies initiative aims to break down at least one simple barrier — parents can now share the treat’s love notes with children who are blind or have low vision ...
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person walking in a hallway with others siting the background
Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus